>> woodruff: in his acceptance speech tonight, the president will urge voters to stick by him for four more years, citing his record and his ability to lead. to get a sense of how people who have worked closely with him see his leadership, i talked to several of them over the past few weeks. >> i barack hussein obama do solemnly swear. >> reporter: when president obama was sworn into office three and a half years ago the nation was in the grip of an economic crisis at home. while fighting two hot wars overseas. >> we were essentially a triage unit when we arrived. before we got there, the economy shrunk by 8.9%, worst quarter since 1930. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. the banking and financial system was locked up. the >> the manufacturing base of the country-- auto industry, et cetera-- is two weeks away from collapse. and amerca has now been nine years at war. now i said to him, i said, you know, do we have a priority?